Dr. Arden Handler, professor of community health sciences, is the recipient of this year’s 2016 Vince Hutchins Partnership Award from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). Named in honor of Dr. Vince L. Hutchins, this award is presented to an outstanding individual that exemplifies skills in partnership and collaboration with Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs.
Dr. Handler began working on behalf of women’s and children’s health during her college years at Cornell University, where she fought for women’s rights and health care for low-income families. A respected teacher and researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for almost thirty years, she directs the work of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health at the UIC School of Public Health. With a five-year $1.75 million grant from HRSA, the Center is part of an elite group of only 13 such centers across the United States, and is the only one of its kind in Illinois.
“I’ve admired Arden for her decades of intellectual leadership in MCH, especially around women’s health and prenatal and preconception care,” said Dr. Michael Lu, associate administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. “But it’s her activism, championing MCH through her work with EverThrive Illinois, Illinois CHIPRA, Region V CoIIN, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, and her tireless advocacy of and partnership with Illinois Title V program that truly exemplifies the spirit of partnership and collaboration that our beloved leader Dr. Hutchins embodies.”